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Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 19th January 2016,
at the Village Hall at 2.00pm
Present:Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers,
John Lloyd; Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker; Parishioner Dennis Mullan.
1. Apologies for absence were received from: Cllr. Kaye Aisthorpe, County Cllr. Anthony
Murray, PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria Police).
2. Police Report:
PC Lynn had sent a report stating that 3 farm outbuildings had been broken into – 2 at Kilham and 1 at Mindrum, and a number of caravans were broken into on Milfield Airfield; also poaching continues to be a problem. A number of Operations to combat rural crime are taking place over the next month.
3. The minutes of the meeting held on 17th November 2015 were agreed and signed.
4. Matters arising from the minutes:
• Roadworks – drainage works had been carried out on the Westnewton to Hethpool road 1024, but the potholes had not been filled.
Large potholes on the B6351 road above Canno Mill, and south east of Kirknewton towards Yeavering to be reported.
• Kirknewton Village Hall Trust AGM – this, according to the agenda issued, was scheduled for 30th November 2016, and no minutes were available. The clerk to ask Peter Brewis.
• Borehole test – as requested the holding tank had been tested at no further charge.
5. Financial Report:
Precept for 2016/2017 – after discussion, it was agreed to leave the annual precept at £700.00.
The sum of £394.96 VAT refunded was paid to Kirknewton Water Society, and a credit balance of £1,191.46 was recorded on 24th December 2015.
6. Loss of electricity:
Cllr. Marriott had spoken to Northern Powergrid regarding numerous power cuts, and was told that work is being carried out to update the system. Following this, the recent heavy rain, which had brought down three electricity poles at Lanton, had caused the system to fail along the valley. Consequently, generators had been brought in and sited adjacent to all the communities to restore power. These are still in place while work is being carried out to re-install the poles, but this is proving difficult as the river has moved and is flowing next to Lanton House garden hedge. Efforts are being made to return the river to its former course.
In view of this, the Northern Powergrid engineer, Kevin Parkin, has offered to attend the PC meeting on 16th February to explain what they are proposing to do to improve the system.
The engineers working in atrocious weather conditions were thanked for their tremendous efforts to restore electricity to the community.
7. Westnewton Bridge works:
There had not been any significant flooding in the area of the bridge, but in view of the adverse weather, the clerk was asked to follow up the request, made at the meeting with local MP, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, that the Parish Council be kept informed regarding the progress of the new planning application. It is important that this is lodged and agreed by the Environment Agency in time for the work to be started and completed during the summer of 2016.
• Application ref: 15/03464/FUL - Gregory, Kirknewton, loft conversion and driveway widening – granted permission
• Application ref: 15NP0078 – Thompsons Walls, Kilham, new farmhouse, etc. – granted permission conditionally.
9. County Councillor’s Report:
None, due to Cllr. Murray’s attendance at another meeting.
• Neighbour Area Application by Wooler Parish Council – NCC has approved the application from Wooler PC for the designation of a neighbourhood area for the purpose of neighbourhood planning activity in the Parish of Wooler.
Kirknewton PC had issued a statement to NCC that development is not supported in the parish, and is advised that Kirknewton Parish is not within the proposed neighbourhood area of Wooler and the designation will therefore not impact on the parish.
It was noted that adjoining parish councils have expressed no intention of joining with Wooler to create a larger neighbourhood area.
• NALC Transparency Fund – in view of legislation to make parish and town councils’ activities transparent, funding is being offered to supply them with the necessary equipment and means to publicise their meetings, minutes, and proposals, etc. It was agreed that this funding should be applied for.
• Requests for donations had been received from the Great North Air Ambulance, Hospice Care and Citizens’ Advice Bureau. These were noted, but the PC has a policy of not making donations to outside bodies.
The CAB had offered a representative to visit and discuss money managing matters, but it was agreed that it would be difficult to find a large enough audience to justify this.
11. Any other business:
• Thanks were expressed to local farmers, Colin Martin and Robert Whitton for keeping the community informed and updated regarding the state of the local rivers during the severe wet weather, and their reassurance that all would turn out all right. Parishioner, Pat Edwards, expressed on behalf of the community, his thanks that local people with local knowledge and experience were more than happy to share this.
12. Date of next meeting: Tuesday, 16th February 2016, at 2.00pm at the Village Hall.